Thursday, October 7, 2010


Building surveying is one of the widest areas of surveying practice. Chartered building surveyors are involved in all aspects of property and construction from supervising large mixed use developments to planning domestic extensions. This varied workload can include everything from the conservation and restoration of historic buildings to contemporary new developments.

Building surveyors work in most real estate markets including residential, commercial, retail, industrial, leisure, education and health. Consequently there are a wide variety of opportunities for chartered building surveyors to work in both the commercial, privaBUILDING SURVEYING TECHNIQUEte, and public sectors. Some chartered building surveyors work for property owning clients and contractors as well as in a number of specialist niche areas such as insurance, rights to light, party wall matters etc.

As well as strong technical skills, building surveyors need to have strong people skills and the highest levels of integrity. Clients, whether a large corporation or a individual member of the public, need to have the utmost confidence in the impartial advice given by chartered building surveyors.

Chartered building surveyors are clearly differentiated from the rest of their market by their enhanced technical knowledge and professional standards. Achieving the chartered status will enhance your professional status with employers and clients alike leading to more and varied employment opportunities.


Building surveyors provide professional technical advice on land, property and construction for commercial companies and consultants, central and local government, and private individuals.
Whichever sector they work in, building surveyors’ knowledge and understanding of construction technology and building pathology means they are ideally equipped to provide a wide range of services including the following:
• Managing design and construction
• Undertaking building surveys and measured surveys
• Analysing design and building defects
• Preparing strategies for asset management
and property maintenance
• Preparing insurance valuations and claims
• Preparing strategic property advice covering land ownership,
lease conditions, boundaries, title matters (including
easements, licences and covenants etc), and landlord
and tenant legislation
• Project management and development monitoring
• Miscellaneous services including accessibility and energy
audits, specialist surveys (asbestos, damp etc), conservation
advice and sustainability advice.

Candidates pursuing the ATC will be involved in similar types of activities to those on the APC, but the ATC places more emphasis on achieving level two, rather than level three, in the
competencies. The building surveying ATC also demands a smaller range of competencies than the APC and is suitable for candidates working within a technical role.

Candidates who successfully complete the building surveying ATC will be awarded the TechRICS qualification.


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